11th annual Governor’s Photo Contest kicks off

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2014 contest includes special incentives to celebrate state’s 125th anniversary

Bismarck, N.D. - Gov. Jack Dalrymple and the North Dakota Tourism Division, in partnership with AAA and North Dakota Council on the Arts, are kicking off the 2014 Governor’s Photo Contest. The contest starts today and runs through August 26.

Launched in 2004, the Governor’s Photo Contest encourages North Dakota amateur photographers to submit photos that capture the unique things to see and do in North Dakota, and show North Dakota’s appeal as a travel destination. This year’s photo contest includes a special emphasis on celebrating North Dakota’s 125th anniversary of statehood.

“North Dakota’s amateur photographers do an impressive job of capturing through the camera lens all the wonderful things to see and do in our great state,” said Gov. Dalrymple. “This contest gives photographers an opportunity to have their images published and it gives the Tourism Division more sources of photography to highlight North Dakota’s legendary scenery, attractions and events.”

“We are excited to once again partner with Gov. Dalrymple and the Tourism Division for this contest,” said AAA North Dakota President Mark Grieb. “Through the eyes of amateur photographers we’ve been treated to some amazing images that help showcase North Dakota to potential visitors.”

In honor of North Dakota’s 125th anniversary, North Dakota Tourism encourages amateur photographers to use the “125 ways to LUV ND” list found at www.LuvND.com as additional inspiration for photos they submit this year. This website features 125 ways residents, and visitors, alike can LuvND and experience all North Dakota has to offer.

“Every year, this contest celebrates the talents of North Dakotans and the beauty, adventure and people they enjoy here. This year we challenge photo contest participants to submit their favorite photos inspired by North Dakota and the 125 ways to LuvND, as seen at LuvND.com,” North Dakota Tourism Division Director Sara Otte Coleman said. “We’ve even included new prizes and incentives in celebration of the quasquicentennial.”

One winner will be selected in each contest category and a $200 cash prize will be awarded to the photographer of each selected photo. Additional honorable mentions may be selected in each category, with photographers receiving North Dakota Legendary merchandise. A Best of Show photo will be selected from the winning photographs, and the photographer will receive an additional $300 cash prize and a free, one-year basic membership to AAA.  

In addition to the prize money:

  • Winning photographs will be published in North Dakota Tourism’s 2015 promotional materials and on the website.
  • Winning photographs will be eligible for display in AAA North Dakota branch offices and may be printed in AAA regional publications.
  • Winners also will be published in North Dakota Tourism’s newsletter and likely in future promotional publications and marketing efforts.
  • Winning photographs will be featured in a public display at the North Dakota Capitol building during the fourth quarter of 2014, through a partnership with the North Dakota Council on the Arts.
  • A 125th birthday t-shirt will be given for the best photo showcasing each trip idea featured on LuvND.com, and new photos may be used on that website.

Contest rules:

The deadline to submit photos is August 26, 2014. Physical entries must be postmarked by this date.

The number of winners will be determined by the number of entries and the quality of photos in each category. Photo entries will be judged by a panel of North Dakota Tourism, Governor’s Office, AAA and North Dakota Council on the Arts staff familiar with photography and responsible for selecting images for various marketing materials.

Photographers will be judged on their ability to showcase North Dakota as a Legendary destination in the following categories: Adventure, Attractions, Events, People, Scenery and Wildlife.

Entries will be judged on originality, interest of the subject matter, visual appearance and consistency with the category theme. Photo entries should be taken within the last three years and must be in full color.

Only amateur North Dakota photographers/residents are eligible to enter. There is no limit to the number of entries allowed per photographer. Excessive cropping, digital alterations or enhancements are discouraged.

Submission of the photo is the entrant’s guarantee, as the photographer and copyright holder of the photo, that they have the rights to distribute the image.

  • You must have the consent of those whose faces are visible in the image.
  • By entering the contest, photographers agree to authorize North Dakota Tourism, AAA and their official marketing partners to use that image in promotional materials offline and online. Photos will be credited whenever possible.
  • Winning photographers agree to unlimited usage by North Dakota Tourism for promotional materials and websites. Photos will not be sold.

To enter the contest by mail, photographs must be submitted on a CD with a 5x7 or 8x10 print copy. Prints need not be mounted or framed. The back of the photo and CD must be labeled with the entrant's name, address, telephone number, email address, contest category, title of photo, location and date the photo was taken. 

Entries should be mailed to North Dakota Department of Commerce Tourism Division, Attention Heather LeMoine, at P.O. Box 2057, Bismarck, ND 58502-2057. AAA branch offices in Fargo and Bismarck will also accept entries..

Photo submissions via Flickr:

You may submit your photos online through Flickr. Join the Legendary North Dakota Travel group on Flickr if you are not already a group member. http://www.flickr.com/groups/northdakota/ 

The membership is free and the frequently-asked questions page at Flickr can answer questions regarding membership, uploading and sharing photos.  http://www.flickr.com/help/faq/

When you add your photo(s) to the Legendary North Dakota Travel group, tag it “ND2014Contest.” If you forget to tag your photo it will be not be entered in the contest.  North Dakota Tourism is not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, incomplete entries or technical errors.

Upload the highest-resolution image possible: 8”x10” @ 300 dpi (or 1024x768 pixels).

Entered photos must be family-friendly. Inappropriate photos will be removed from the group.

Information about the photo must include title of the photo, location in state where the photo was taken, date photo was taken, the contest category and name and town of photographer.

Entrants should include some contact information in their Flickr profile, or frequently check Flickr mail, in order to be contacted by North Dakota Tourism for name, address, telephone number and email address. Failure to respond to inquiries within three days may result in the disqualification of a winning photograph.

Complete contest rules can be found on the Tourism Division Web site at NDtourism.com. For more information, contact the Tourism Division at 701-328-2525 or 800-435-5663.

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